Indylan-Learn Indigenous Languages
Principal function(s): Autonomous learning
IndyLan is an educational mobile app designed to help users learn some of Europe's endangered languages, namely Gaelic, Scots, Cornish, Basque, Galician, and Saami. The app also provides cultural information about the people who speak these languages. IndyLan contains around 4,000 vocabulary items in 100 categories, which can be practised in various study modes, such as Vocabulary, Phrases, Dialogues, Grammar, Aural Comprehension, and Culture. It deals only with these endangered languages, so it is specifically for people with a particular interest.
IndyLan was developed by the Heriot-Watt University within the framework of the “Mobile Virtual Learning for Indigenous Languages”, supported by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union - Project No: 2019-1-UK01-KA204-061875.
Evaluation: IndyLan can be engaging and useful for learners as it provides a comprehensive set of tools and resources to learn endangered European languages and cultures. Its diverse study modes, such as Vocabulary, Phrases, Dialogues, Grammar, Aural Comprehension, and Culture, cater to different learning styles and help learners develop various language skills engagingly and interactively. For teachers of these endangered languages, it provides resources to teach the language and could be useful as a complementary or self-study tool. It is user-friendly and accessible to a wide range of users. Indylan puts endangered languages in the spotlight and even only for this is worth a mention. Overall, IndyLan's is a valuable tool for preserving linguistic and cultural diversity, in the framework of a very insightful project.
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Interface User-friendliness/complexity of the tool´s interface
Time efficiency Time needed for mastering the „how-to“ of the tool and a production of a task
Interface language(s) The number of languages in which the tool is currently available/adaptable to
Finnish, Swedish, English, Norwegian and Spanish.
Respect for privacy Does the tool require registration? Who can see my data? Can I remain anonymous?
Medium/high. The app does neither record identifiable personal information nor share personal data with third-party services. See more here. However, it is hosted by Google Apps, so the usual policies apply. That means that Google apps collect personal data, which may later be shared with third parties. See more here.
Saving work for future use Possiblity to save your or others´ work for reuse/reproduction
Tailorability (If so, how?) Possibility of the tool to be used for a range of different activities (e.g. to what extent you can organize a project assignment with a central activity based on this tool)
Low. Resource for learning specific minority languages and the content is predetermined.
The app has to be downloaded. It requires signing up with a name, e-mail and password.
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